Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Free Idea # 45 - Online market price list

Introduce a 'tell me when the price falls below'
function for e-commerce sites. This would send an
email to the customer when the price of something
attractive but overpriced falls below a preset
level, either as a reduction or in a sale.

Free Idea # 44 - Car traffic light detector

Incorporate a 'time till change' signal into
traffic lights. An on board computer in the car
will detect the signal and inform the driver what
speed they need to change to in order to avoid
being stopped by the lights.

Free Idea # 43 - GPS package delivery

Launch a package delivery business that has access
to customers' cell phones or which has the capacity
to locate customers using GPS. This way, the
company would know exactly where the recipient is
or where they wish their package to be delivered.

Monday, July 30, 2007

Free Idea # 42 - Shotgun burglar alarm

Invent a burglar alarm in which, ten seconds after
entering a residence, the burglar would hear a
recording of the distinctive sound of shells being
chambered in a shotgun and a male voice whispering
'stay down, I've got him.'

Free Idea # 41 - Adopt grandchildren

Provide a service where older people with no
children of their own or whose children are
childless can 'adopt' grandchildren. The
grandchildren would be kids with no living
grandparents to dote on and spoil them.

Free Idea # 40 - Digital camera for children

Design a cheap, robust, colorful, rubber coated
digital camera for children to use.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

Free Idea # 39 - Camera add on

Design an 'add on' device that could attach to a
camera and which operates in such a way as to
catch the attention of small infants - a flashing
ball, for example. The device would grab the
child's attention and ensure that it is still
looking at the camera when the picture is taken.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Free Idea # 38 - 'Collectors' Museum for public

Establish a 'Collectors' Museum' where members
of the public who collect antique, interesting,
artistic or otherwise unusual objects could
display their collections to a paying public.

Friday, July 27, 2007

Free Idea # 37 - Override system for elevators

Devise an override system for high-rise elevators
that would work with a weight sensor. When the
elevator is filled to capacity it would only stop
at floors where pasengers are exiting, bypassing
any floors where new passengers are waiting to

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Free Idea # 36 - Detailed credit and debit cards

Include more detailed information about the holder
in the microchips in credit and debit cards, such
as date of birth, blood group, next of kin,
allergies and doctor's details. The information
could be life saving in the event of the holder
being involved in an accident.

Free Idea # 35 - Earplugs with tiny built-in speakers

Manufacture earplugs with tiny built-in speakers
designed to help insomniacs sleep. The plugs
might be loaded with relaxation music or sound
beds in the same way music is downloaded to an
iPod or MP3 player. Sophisticated sensors in the
plugs would detect when the user is asleep and
would turn to 'sleep' mode.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Free Idea # 34 - Double decker microwave ovens

Manufacture double decker microwave ovens which
would allow the user to cook two different things
at different temperatures at the same time.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Free Idea # 33 - Serial numbers handbag

Manufacture purses, wallets and handbags with
serial numbers sewn, engraved or embedded into
them. The serial numbers would be recorded onto
a database with the owner's details. Should the
item be lost or stolen and retrieved by a third
party or police, it could be returned to its
rightful owner.

Free Idea # 32 - Gigantic grand piano

Build a gigantic grand piano with keys so large it
would take one person to operate each key. To play
the piano would require eighty eight musicans
plus a few more to operate the pedals.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Free Idea # 31 - 'Fact Police' TV show

Produce a TV show called 'Fact Police'. The show
would research a particular piece of fact based
reportage or other informative television or
journalism. The producers would then establish
exactly how much that was passed off as fact was,
when investigated, inaccurate, exaggerated or

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Free Idea # 30 - Voice chips for gravestones

Incorporate voice chips into new tombstones which
can be played at the graveside by simply pressing
a button on the stone. People can record their own
messages, have messages recorded by loved ones
after their death or even use the chip to play
their favourite piece of music or joke. The
sound chip might also be applied to urns.

Free Idea # 29 - Unusual or humourous graveyard

Set up a graveyard for people who wish to have
unusual or humourous gravestones which would
not be permitted in normal graveyards. Examples
might be a headstone which resembles a manhole
cover or one that reads
'please keep off the grass'

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Free Idea # 28 - Public benches with rotating seats

Provide public benches with rotating seats. After
it has been raining, the wet seat can be flipped
over to provide a dry sitting surface.

Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Free Idea # 27 - Car status key chain

Design a key chain with a small LCD which
displays the current state of the user's car
- locked or unlocked.

Free Idea # 26 - Therapy Taxis

Launch a fleet of Therapy Taxis. Fully qualified
divers would pick up passengers and take them to
their destination whilst listening to any of their
problems. The drivers would offer professional
advice and perhaps even refer the passengers on
to specialists.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Free Idea # 25 - Headphone port shopping cart

Provide shopping carts with a headphone port so
that shoppers can plug into preset radio stations
or even an in-store station which provides
infomation about the items and any special

Monday, July 16, 2007

Free Idea # 24 - Toggles US and UK English

Add a button to word processing programs which
toggles between US and UK English. The simple
version would change z's to s's, add an '-me' to
program and so on. The expensive version might
replace baseball and American football metaphors
to cricket and soccer.

Sunday, July 15, 2007

Free Idea # 23 - Car bidets

Introduce 'car bidets' in cold-winter areas where
salt and other chemicals are used on roads to melt
ice. The bidets would take the form of a perforated
hose and would flush corrosive substances from the
underside of automobiles. The bidets might be at
the entrance to a domestic garage or publically
accessible on the street.

Saturday, July 14, 2007

Free Idea # 22 - AI pocket device

Develop a pocket device which communicates with
another device mounted on doors to lock and unlock
them automatically. If the user approaches the
door, the door will sense the approach of the
device and will unlock . The device could be
customized to unlock a car, switch off an alarm
or turn on a computer.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Free Idea # 21 - Windmill mechanisms for elevator

Place windmill mechanisms at the top and bottom
of elevator shafts, so that they can generate
electricity each time the elevator goes up and

Free Idea # 20 - Resetable elevator buttons

Enable elevator buttons to be reset. If the user
presses the wrong button, it can be pressed again
to cancel the choice. This way, a mistake no
longer means a journey to an unwanted floor.

Free Idea # 19 - 'Quiet room' at party places

Provide a 'quiet room' in discotheques and other
party places. These rooms could be used to make
urgent phone calls or to have longer or important
conversations and would offer a level of privacy
not available in the bathrooms.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Free Idea # 18 - Key chain car alarm

Develop a car alarm where the noise originates
from the driver's key chain and not somewhere
inside the engine compartment.

Free Idea # 17 - Downloadable audio cities tours

Place downloadable audio walking tours of cities
on the web. A map printable from the site could
accompany the recording. Users could download
the tour using an MP3 player and choose from
various topics - history, food, architecture,
literary, scenes of notorious crimes, for

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Free Idea # 16 - Tires air compressor

Design an air compressor that is built into cars
that runs off the car engine to inflate the
tires when required.

Free Idea # 15 - Alarm clock with password

Manufacture an alarm clock which generates a ten
digit number displayed on an LCD screen. To stop
the alarm, the numbers must be typed into a
keypad, forcing the user to wake up at least
enough start the day.

Sunday, July 8, 2007

Free Idea # 14 - Car accident detector

Install a device which detects when a car is
driving too close to the vehicle in front. The
detector would work in a similar way to a
reversing/parking sensor and would sound an
alarm if the distance is too small to avert an
accident should the vehicle ahead brake suddenly.

Friday, July 6, 2007

Free Idea #13 - Emergency public street lighting

Incorporate an emergency 'Blue Wave' function
to public street lighting. Should the emergency
services need to clear a path for their vehicles,
the street lamps would flash blue, alerting road
users in advance to move to the side of the

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Free Idea #12 - Screen of dentists surgeries

Place flat screens on the ceilings of dentists
surgeries for patients to watch while the
dentist is working on their teeth. The screens
would play videos of soothing or distracting
images and relaxing music along with dental
health information. The screens might be funded
by advertising - though presumably not for fizzy
drinks or sweets.

Free Idea #11 - Reverse stink bombs

Manufacture reverse stink bombs. The bombs would
be 'broken' into a dustbin to infuse it with a
sweet aroma.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Free Idea #10 - Downloadable shopping list

Allow shoppers to download a shopping list from
a PC to a smartcard. When the card is swiped in
a device on the cart, the list will sort the
items in the order in which they are to be
found on the shelves. If items are out of stock
the device might suggest alternatives. The card
might also remember frequent purchases and flag
up a reminder should something be omitted from
the list.

Tuesday, July 3, 2007

Free Idea #9 - Customize car key

Customize car ignitions and door locks so that
owners can use just one key for all the cars they
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Free Idea #8 - ATM sensors

Install sensors or alarms which would be about
a meter away from ATMs. The alarms would emit
a signal which would alert anyone using the ATM
that someone behind them is too close. People
waiting to use the ATM would queue behind the
sensors so as not to set off the alarm.

Monday, July 2, 2007

Free Idea #7 - Webiste for keep sms/mms

Create a website where cell phone users can
upload those sms/mms messages which, for privacy
reasons, they do not want to leave in their phones.